NEC has been hosting research groups initiated by its Fellows and alumni. One of the most lasting initiatives of this kind has been the research group Foundations of Early Modernity, out of which grew (among other outcomes) the MOM project mentioned above. The groups we are currently hosting:
I. Research Group “Reflections on the Political and Social History of the 18th and 19th Centuries in Romania” (GRiPs), coordinated by Constanța Vintilă-Ghițulescu, NEC alumna, and Silvia Marton, NEC alumna
Since 2009, the monthly research group's aim is to study the political, social and cultural history of the 18th and 19th centuries from various theoretical and disciplinary perspectives. Its members and its guests are historians, political scientists, sociologists etc. who conduct research on different themes related to the 18th and 19th centuries transformations and modernizations. GRiPs' ambition is to establish a wider European and regional scientific network as well.
Project website: http://grips.nec.ro
II.a. The Bible in Its Linguistic Context: Coptic is a focus group coordinated by Ștefan Colceriu, founded in January 2013 which aims at implementing and developing the scientific study of Coptic within the Romanian academic context. Its members are young academics from various backgrounds (theology, philology, history, philosophy) who share the same ideal of scientific excellence and methodological efficiency. The group’s activity fills an important gap in the Biblical studies from Romania by providing direct access to original Coptic sources and by bringing into focus a huge cultural tradition which had been neglected by our before . Since it benefits from a flexible and mobile structure, the group is involved in achieving several goals, like translating Coptic literature into Romanian (biblical, apocryphal, patristic), collaborating with fellow scientists and academic institutions worldwide, and, most importantly, supporting and encouraging the study of Coptic among students interested in Biblical and Religious Studies.
II.b. The Bible in Its Linguistic Context: Hebrew is a focus group coordinated by Ștefan Colceriu, founded in October 2013 which aims at supporting and developing the scientific study of Biblical Hebrew within the Romanian academic context. Its members are both senior and junior specialists in the field of Biblical studies from various scientific backgrounds (theologians, classical philologists, philosophers). Their competence and experience with biblical texts of different linguistic traditions (Hebrew, Greek and Latin) go along with their rigorous understanding of modern scientific standards. The immediate goal of the group is to provide the Romanian culture with a new, complete, scientific, non-confessional, and accurate translation of the Hebrew Bible. By so doing it also envisages the reinforcement of the study of Biblical Hebrew on a sound scientific base within the Romanian academic milieu.